From 2012 to 2017 I produced and hosted the podcast Art Uncovered for BTRToday.com. I talked to artists, photographers, filmmakers, curators and other interesting folks about the cool stuff they make. Below are some of my favorite episodes.
The 2014 Winter games in Sochi, Russia earned a reputation for being the most expensive and most corrupt in history. In this show, Simone Baumann, executive producer of the film "Putin's Games," tells us about some of this corruption and how Russian officials tried to pay her off to keep her film under wraps. Then, photographer Rob Hornstra talks about hanging out at Soviet-era health spas for The Sochi Project.
Photographer Accra Shepp is on a mission to photograph all the Islands of New York City. He took me along to visit Twin Island in Pelham Bay. It's one of more than forty islands in the little known New York City archipelago.
Shaul Schwarz has been covering the drug war in Mexico since 2008. In his new film, Narco Cultura, he documents the Narcocorrido music scene as it exists on both sides of the border.
Edmund Clark talks about traveling to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to photograph the spaces of confinement that define day-to-day life for detainees. Edmund also visited the homes of ex-detainees in the UK to photograph their domestic spaces, post-Guantanamo.
In this show we get a tour of the MoMA exhibition Soundings: A Contemporary Score from curator Barbara London. Next, we hear from sound artist Bill Fontana. Bill studied with John Cage in the 1960s and his "sound sculptures" uncover the hidden sounds of massive architectural structures. Bill served as an artist in residence at CERN, where he's doing sound experiments with the Large Hadron Collider.
This episode is all about the intersection of sports, art and visual culture. First, football historian Michael Oriard talks about the visual legacy of NFL films' founder Steve Sabol. Next, photography curator David Little discusses how photography and image-making technologies have shaped the way we experience sports.
Mark Plinkington discusses Mirage Men, a new documentary about the Cold War-era spooks who infiltrated UFO groups in order to spread mis-information about aliens and flying saucers.
For the last 10 years, photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the world to photograph the oldest living things on the planet. All the organisms in Rachel's photographs are more than 2000 years old, and among her subjects are a 9000 year old Swedish Spruce tree, a 2500 year old carnivorous fungus, and 5000 year old Antarctic moss.
Ilona Gaynor is an artist and designer. However, unlike many artists and designers, Illona isn't interested in producing objects or products. She's interested in designing narratives, plots and schemes. For her latest project, she's designing a bank heist.
Artist and experimental geographer Trevor Paglen talks about sending images into orbit as part of his project The Last Pictures.
Director Frank Pavich discusses his documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune." The film features legendary surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky recounting his failed attempt to turn Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel, Dune, into an epic space movie.
Author Michael Benson talks about his book Cosmigraphics. The book is a visual record of how our understanding of the universe has evolved over the last 4000 years. These images remind us that knowledge is always in flux and that no picture of the universe is ever complete.
Jonathon Keats is an artist and experimental philosopher. In his book, Forged, he makes the case for why forgers are the greatest artists of our age.Jonathon argues that a well perpetrated forgery forces all of us to to question our ideas about authenticity, authority, and belief, something most legitimate artwork fails to achieve.
In 2012 the discovery of an elusive sub-atomic particle, called the Higgs boson, changed the world of modern physics. This discovery was made possible by the world's most expensive science experiment, a particle accelerator called The Large Hadron Collider, as well as decades of work by thousands of scientists. In the documentary, Particle Fever, director Mark Levinson and physicist/producer David Kaplan follow six of these scientists as they work to discover the Higgs.
In 2006, after a year-long journey through space, a NASA probe called the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter settled into a circular orbit around the Red Planet. Among the MRO's various scientific instruments was a camera, known as the HiRISE. It's the largest and most advanced camera ever sent to another planet. Recently, Aperture published a new book of HiRISE photographs called This Is Mars. In this interview, I speak with Dr. Alfred McEwen, a professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona and the principal investigator for HiRISE.
Writer Amanda Petrusitch talks about her new book Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild Obsessive Hunt for the World' s Rarest 78rpm Records. In the book she chronicles her visits with some of the world's foremost 78 collectors, investigates the histories of early blues artists, and finds herself scuba diving in a murky river in Wisconsin.
For years Michael Light has been photographing the American West from above. He flies his own plane and goes searching for photographs that capture the vastness of the western landscape and the way humans have built their own environments within it.
Robert Burley travelled around the world photographing the disappearing industrial infrastructure of film manufacturing. He talks about the photographs in his book "Disappearance of Darkness" and what it's like to watch Kodak factories getting blown up
Writer Greg Allen talks about his essay "The Art of the Bush School." In the piece he discusses reactions from art critics and the media to George W Bush's paintings.
Bradley Garrett is a photographer, researcher and accomplished Urban Explorer. In his new book -- Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital -- Bradley shares some of the amazing photographs his collective of explorers have taken while traversing the hidden world underneath London. Their images reveal the the past, present and future of the city simultaneously, and suggest that urban development and ruin are just different sides of the same coin.
Fred Ritchin is an authority on the future of photography. He's written several books on the subject, and his newest cis called Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary and the Citizen.